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Filled with historic monuments, fantastic sights, sounds and tastes, this tour that starts in the city of Seville gives you an exemplary chance to move from one wonderful city of Spain to the next onboard the luxurious Al Andalus train. On the daily tours, you will enjoy a number of signature events like an equestrian exhibition, visit grand palaces like the Alhambra with its exquisite Moorish art, and enjoy the natural beauty the region is famous for. Unique and sumptuous every step of the way, you also get to savor some of the tapas, seafood and wine from the regions that the Al Andalus train passes through. Your trip gives you a comprehensive overview of the unique fusion of cultures in this region, and you will experience history coming alive in the plethora of World Heritage Cities comprising the journey.
- Winery tour
- Horse show (How the Andalusian Horses Dance)
- Alhambra Palace
- Gardens of Generalife
- Flamenco performance
- Mosque of Córdoba
- Deluxe Suites with a matrimonial bed
- Gran Clase Suites with two twin beds
- Beds convert to sofas/armchairs
- All rooms have private bathrooms, safe and closet
- Dining car can seat up to six people per table
- Sitting lounge with full bar
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Day 1 – (Sunday) Malaga–Granada
Cities covered : Malaga , Granada
Reception of travellers in Malaga’s Parador Nacional Gibralfaro 10:00 h.
We will then visit the city and its Alcazaba, a palatial fort from Islamic times.
Lunch in the Parador Gibralfaro. In the afternoon, we will travel by coach to Granada, where the train and its crew will be waiting for us. Welcome and settling in on board the Al Ándalus Train.
Dinner and overnight stay in Granada.
Day 2 – (Monday) Granada–Linares/Baeza
Cities covered : Granada , Jerez de la Frontera
Just as every day, we begin today with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. Then we will visit a wine cellar in Jerez.
Before lunch we will enjoy the show “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”, famous equestrian ballet with Spanish music.
Lunch in Sanlúcar de Barrameda overlooking the salt marshes of Doñana National Park and river Guadalquivir’s mouth. We will then walk around Sanlúcar de Barrameda, from where our luxury coach will take us back to Jerez de la Frontera, one of the most iconic cities of Andalusia.
Back on the train and dinner onboard.
Overnight in Jerez.
Day 3 – (Tuesday) Linares/Baeza–Úbeda–Baeza–Cordoba
Cities covered : Jerez de la Frontera , Baeza , Cordoba
After breakfast, we will visit Úbeda and Baeza, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Cities.
While having lunch, the train will take us to Cordoba. Tour of the former capital of the emirate and medieval caliphate of Al Ándalus, when it was the largest, most cultured, and richest city in Western Europe.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cordoba.
Day 4 – (Wednesday) Cordoba–Ronda
Cities covered : Cordoba , Ronda
After breakfast on board the train, we will visit the Mosque-Cathedral and then travel by train to Ronda.
Lunch on board the train. In the afternoon, we will tour Ronda, with its awe-inspiring location, perched above a plateau penetrated by the deep Tajo de Ronda gorge, through which the River Guadalevín flows.
Dinner in a restaurant and overnight stay in Ronda.
Day 5 – (Thursday) Ronda–Jerez
Cities covered : Ronda , Jerez de la Frontera
While having breakfast, the train will take us to Jerez, where we will visit a Jerez (sherry) winery and enjoy the show “How Andalusian Horses Dance,” a famous equestrian ballet featuring Spanish music.
Lunch in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and free time.
Dinner on board the train. Overnight stay in Jerez.
Day 6 – (Friday) Jerez
Cities covered : Cadiz , Jerez de la Frontera
After breakfast, our coach will take us to Cadiz, popularly known as “la Tacita de Plata” (the Silver Teacup) and considered the oldest city in the West.
Tour, free time, and lunch in Cadiz. In the afternoon we will enjoy Jerez.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerez.
Day 7 – (Saturday) Seville
Cities covered : Jerez de la Frontera , Seville
After enjoying our last breakfast on board the train and saying goodbye to the crew, we will tour the city of Seville, which has the most extensive historic quarter in Spain. A World Heritage City featuring great artistic riches and beautiful gardens.
Lunch in the Hotel Alfonso XIII, where our trip will end around 17:00 h.
End of Trip.
Lounges and Common Areas on board
The Al Andalus train is the largest tourist train in the world and boasts of its four railway gems – the spacious and exquisite lounge cars. For the duration of your journey, the Al Andalus will become your living room, your transportation, your meeting place, your bar, your bedroom: a hotel on wheels in which you sleep and wake up in a different place every day. The landscape passing by the window of your suite or the lounge where you are having a coffee is never the same. That simple fact makes the trip itself unique and unlike any other experience.
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant car. After dinner hours, evenings are full of entertainment. Every night is party night on the Al Andalus, with various live performances programmed throughout the trip. Given the length of the train, these will not inconvenience those who prefer retiring earlier to the privacy of their suite. You can also choose to have a quiet drink on one of the other saloon cars, or go for a stroll in whichever town we are spending the night. The train will remain parked at the station until the next morning.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Your tour price includes:
Your tour price does NOT include:
- Ensuite rooms on board the luxurious Al Andalus train
- A la carte and buffet breakfasts every day.
- All dinners and lunches, with the finest cuisine aboard the train or in top restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks and coffee).
- Welcome drink and snack.
Farewell dinner – gala party.
- Traveling toiletries bag courtesy of Renfe Viajeros (with amenities and slippers).
- Free mineral water available in the cabin’s minibar.
- Activities on board: music and live performances, parties in the pub car, show cooking and cocktails, dancing, etc.
- Tickets to museums, attractions and shows.
- Excursions and scheduled tours.
- Luxury coach accompanying the train along the trip.
- Renfe train tickets with a 50% discount: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the tourist trip.
- Taxes and services.
- Daily newspapers and magazines.
- Security service.
- Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
- Excellent crew available (Expedition Leader, guide, waiters, cooks, technicians, etc).
- Domestic or international airfare
- Travel insurance or visa fees
- Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and souvenirs
- Any additional hotel accommodations pre- or post-tour
- Any items not specifically mentioned as “included”
When should I plan to arrive ?
We recommend arriving at least 1 day prior to your tour so that you may acclimate and relax prior to embarking on your exciting rail journey. Instructions regarding the starting point of the journey will be printed on your travel voucher.
How much should I expect to tip?
Tipping is not mandatory, and is left to the sole discretion of the traveler. This is a decision that should be made based on your enjoyment of the journey and the service.
Frequently Asked Questions
|1 . What are the passport/visa requirements for travel to Spain?
Please ensure that your passport has at least three blank pages and that it is valid for at least six months beyond your departure date from Spain. Please check with your local embassy regarding visa requirements.
|2 . What does my trip include?
In Standard Suite:
• Accommodation in Standard Suite compartment on the train.
• The best food in dinners and lunches at top restaurants or on the train (including wine, coffee and spirits).
• Breakfasts with buffet and menu.
• Music and entertainment in the Pub coach.
• Programmed excursions with entrance to museums, cathedrals, cloisters, etc.
• Luxury coach accompanying the train all the way.
• Daily newspapers and magazines.
• Permanent security service.
• Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
• An excellent team at your disposal.In Superior Suite:
Everything included in the Standard Suite plus:
• Accommodation in Superior Suite on the train.
• Option of enjoying two private dinners/lunches in your compartment.
• All non-alcoholic beverages requested at any time throughout the trip.
• Transfers: including two Renfe transfers, one to take you to the starting point of the tour and another one to take you back from the end point of the tour.
|3 . Is there a dress code on the train?
The dress code is Casual, although you may dress up for dinner if you would like. We suggest packing comfortable walking shoes and layers of clothing, since the temperatures do fluctuate from day to night.
|4 . What kind of meals are provided on this tour?
Here is a sample menu:Appetizer: "Remojon Granadino" Salad served with cinnamon vinaigrette
Main Course: Pork sirloin grilled in mozarabic sauce with crispy aubergine fingers
Dessert: Sacromonte cakeThis is a plated dinner menu provided by the San Nicolas restaurant, which overlooks the Alhambra. If you have special dietary needs, please notify your travel agent when making booking arrangements.
|5 . Will I have internet connection on the train?
The Al Andalus train does have wifi in the lounge of the train, although the signal is not strong and may not reach outside of the lounge car. (The signal is also best when the train is stationed.) You may use the computer in the lounge provided for guests' convenience, or you may connect to the train's wifi using your personal laptop, tablet or device.
|6 . How big are the suites?
A standard suite is 6.72m2. A superior suite is 8.4m2
|7 . What size are the beds in the suites?
The size of the bed is dependent on the type of suite you reserve.Standard Suite with 2 beds will contain (1) bed that is 0.80 x 1.9 m and (1) bed that is 0.70 x 1.8 m
The superior suite has one double/matrimonial bed that is 1.5 x 1.9 m
If your suite has one extra bed, it is 0.70 x 1.8 m
|8 . What is the difference between a Standard and Superior Suite?
The Superior Suites are spacious and elegant and combine the comforts of the 21st century with the original appearance of this historic train.Features:Ample space distributed into a bedroom and bathroom.
Two meter long double bed which can be turned into a sofa during the day.
Possibility of adding an extra bed for a third passenger.
Equipped with safe, varied minibar, wardrobe, luggage rack and climate control.
Comfortable and spacious bathroom, with hairdryer and a varied set of welcome items.
The Standard Suite is a charming room, which retains the dimensions and Belle Epoque charm of the original compartments.Features:
A bedroom and bathroom layout.
Two single beds which can be turned into armchairs during the day.
Equipped with small minibar, safe, wardrobe, luggage rack and climate control.
Functional bathroom, with maximum use of its space, equipped with shower and a hairdryer.
|9 . I am a US Citizen. Do I need a visa to go to Spain?
No. Citizens of the United States do not need a visa for Spain. All other nationalities should check with the local Spanish consulate for Visa requirements. Palace Tours does not provide Visa service.
|10 . How many travelers can fit in each room?
In a deluxe room, two people can sleep comfortably. If you need more room, you may upgrade to a suite to comfortably service three people. This option is especially attractive to parents travelling with a child. If you are travelling with more than one child or more than three people, you will need to reserve two rooms.
|11 . Are the cities wheelchair accessible?
Yes, they are. Many cities have cobblestone streets and the person with the wheelchair would need someone who is able to help them on these more difficult streets. The monuments are wheelchair accessible, but many do not have elevators and if there is a floor higher than ground level it may not be accessible.
|12 . Is the cuisine in Spain dietary restriction friendly?
Spanish cuisine’s staples are often ham, seafood, and wheat products. While being a vegetarian in Spain is not easy, it is doable! One classic dish from Spain is the Spanish omelets, which is made with eggs and potatoes. Now vegetarian restaurants are popping up all over Spain to accommodate more people. You can find other classic dishes made without meat, such as paella and cocido. Before ordering a drink in Andalucia, where a complimentary tapa is customary, be sure to mention any dietary restrictions you may have.
|13 . What type of clothes should we pack?
This depends on the time of year you are going. All year long we suggest packing comfortable walking shoes, and in the spring and fall to wear layers. In those seasons it’s often chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon sun. Sunglasses are recommended as well, as the sun in Spain is very strong.
|14 . Is it customary to tip people in Spain?
While the tipping culture is nothing like the United States, it is typical to tip a euro or two at a restaurant if you are a) a large group of people dining, or b) you really loved the service and the restaurant!
Lounge car onboard the train
Ronda – Bridge
Suite view by night
Suite view by day
Dining car on Al-Andalus train
Dining – Bar car onboard Al-Andalus train
Dining car onboard the train
Cordoba – Patios